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Sierra Club Endorsements for National, State and Local Elections November 2016
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Know where, when, and how to vote: October 20 – November 5: Early voting period. November 8: General Election Day. To find a polling place for Early Voting: Visit www.ncsbe.gov/webapps/os_sites or call 919-733-7173 To find your polling place for Election Day: Visit www.ncsbe.gov/webapps/pollingplace_search or call 919-733-7173 This election, the stakes couldn’t be higher. Make sure you cast your vote for the environment.
 
We need your help to let your friends and family know about our endorsed candidates and to encourage them to vote all the way down the ballot. 15% of voters in presidential election years only vote at the top of the ticket and don’t vote for judges and local elected officials. We also need volunteers to help us hand out our endorsement cards at the polls for early voting and election day, as well as volunteers to call our members and supporters to make sure they vote. If you can help or have questions, please contact Judy Mattox at judymattox@sbcglobal.net or 828-683-2176.
 
From Michael Brune
Executive Director, Sierra Club
I was recently honored by the BlueGreen Alliance during its tenth anniversary celebration. In my remarks I reiterated that the Sierra Club is taking a strong and public stand to end the violence against people of color in this country.
We believe that two of the biggest challenges in the U.S. and around the world today are fighting climate change and reducing inequality. And we have to do that with a clear, unflinching eye at the need for racial justice, gender justice, and how class is used to divide us in this country.
Earlier this month, I helped present Sierra Club’s Annual Awards to 21 environmental heroes, including Tom Goldtooth, leader of the Indigenous Environmental Network, who stepped away from the front lines of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest to accept the John Muir Award, the Club’s highest honor. Sierra Club staff and volunteers have been working behind the scenes in support of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, who—along with more than 200 other tribes—has been peacefully protesting a proposed 1,168-mile-long fracked oil pipeline that would threaten their water, their sacred sites, and their future. Our Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Nellis Kennedy-Howard, and another staffer are traveling to Standing Rock this week to visit the Sacred Stone Camp, bringing supplies and support for the tribal activists gathered there.
Just two days ago, the D.C. Circuit Court heard oral arguments on the Clean Power Plan. Joanne Spalding, our chief climate counsel, is confident that the plan with be implemented, noting “Public health champions, environmental advocates, utility companies, and supportive states all spoke up in court today because the Clean Power Plan saves lives and creates jobs in a way that is plainly consistent with the law.” While the Court considers arguments from both sides, you can catch up on what’s at stake here or read one of the many Spanish versions featured across Latino media outlets.  
Over the next decade, we must lean in to address inequality as we make the transition to a fossil fuel-free economy. It will require deep compassion and unwavering persistence across a broad spectrum of efforts. Your dedicated support is critical for our success, so on behalf of the Sierra Club I want to pause and remind you how much we appreciate you.
Here are a few more Sierra Club–related items from the past month that I wanted to be sure you saw:

·         The Iowa Utilities Board approved the largest U.S. wind project in history. The $3.6 billion investment will create jobs, prevent rate increases, and have Midwestern homes and businesses running on 85 percent wind energy by 2020.

·         Ahead of the G20 summit, the U.S. and China formally signed the Paris Agreement, speeding the world toward implementation of the Paris Agreement this year. Then, as a perfect gift for the two-year anniversary of the People’s Climate March, 31 more countries signed the agreement.

·         I’m a #ClimateVoter, are you? The Sierra Club has released our Voter Guide to help people identify which candidates will best protect our environment. This year—with the stakes higher than ever before—we’ve added new features, including ways to demonstrate your support for climate leaders on social media. Please check it out and share widely!

 
If you’d like more in-depth information about anything I’ve shared here, please let me know, and I’ll connect you with the best person to respond.
As always, thank you for reading and for your support.
Sincerely,
Michael Brune
Executive Director